Canadian writer says, “No Marley for me”
“Spot. Josette. Lulu. Nipper. Paddy. Orly. Brownie. Bijou. Byng. Avery. Tiger. Barkley. Wiggins. Sidney. Those are some of the real-life dogs who’ve departed on my watch.”
Craig MacInnes, in an opinion piece for the Ottawa Citizen, says he, for one, has seen enough dogs die during his life. Why go to the movies to see it again?
“Figuratively speaking, dogs rarely make it to the end-credits of our human lifetimes, preceding us to the hereafter in what is surely Nature’s cruelest, most screwed-up plan. Innocent, loyal and trusting, they are rewarded for their blind devotion with a lousy 10 to 15 years, while we get to dither and careen through seven or eight full decades, a journey collectively freighted by the nagging ache of all our losses.”
MacInnis, after seeing a little too much dog death — real and cinematic, starting in childhood with with Old Yeller — has launched his own personal boycott against movies in which the dog doesn’t make it to the end.
“I have a lifelong aversion to movies about dogs in peril, or worse, movies in which a beloved canine protagonist doesn’t make it to the closing credits.”
A real dog death in the family is difficult to cope with — the pain from his most recent, in 2003, still reemerges every February, he says — but movie dog death, in a way, is even nastier.
“Movie pain is different, which is to say it’s more insidious because it is calculated, by the devious pathos merchants in Hollywood, to achieve the thing dog lovers wish to avoid at any cost: confronting animal loss.”
Posted by John Woestendiek December 25th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
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